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Substance Use Treatment for Teens and Young Adults

If you’re hear because your teen or young adult is using illicit substances, having academic issues, lying and defying, and engaging in other risk-taking behaviors, this is likely one of most of anxiety-producing times in your life. At the Mindfulness-Based SUD program at Family Spring, we’re here to help. It will take work both on your teen/young adult and you as the caregiver, but there is hope.

How It Works

Like all services at Family Spring, we start with a comprehensive assessment that typically lasts 3-4 sessions, with caregivers alone, with caregivers and the teen/young adult, and with the teen/young adult alone. We also use evidence-based assessments to give us the clearest picture of what you and your child are dealing with. Based on assessment results, we develop a tailored treatment plan. This often involves at least some form of individualized weekly therapy/coaching along with family therapy and/or parent/caregiver coaching. These services may happen online, in-person, or a hybrid of digital/in-person treatment. Learn more about our programs below.

Outpatient SUD Treatment Program

This program is for teens, young adults, and their families who meet criteria for mild to moderate substance use disorders, are struggling with related issues such as co-occuring mental health issues, those having academic and vocational challenges, and family discord. This program is not designed for those with severe substance use disorders (learn about our IOP for severe SUDs below). 

Who This Program Is For

This program is appropriate for youth/young adults with:

  • Mild to moderate substance use disorders
  • Co-occuring mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.
  • Family discord challenges such as lying, lack of trust, rebelliousness
  • Lack of academic or vocational motivation / academic or vocational struggles
  • Other risk-taking behaviors and legal problems
  • This program is not designed for those severe SUD diagnoses (please see our Intensive Outpatient Program below) 

What This Program Involves

Based on assessment, this program often involves some combination of:

  • Individual weekly therapy/coaching
  • Parent/caregiver coaching 2-4 times per month
  • Family psychotherapy
  • Commitment to digital 
  • Digital resource  homework (mostly for parents/caregivers, some for youth/young adults)
  • As you might gather, parent/caregiver commitment is high as this is necessary for better outcomes

What We Teach In This Program

The content that’s disseminated to youth, young adults, and caregivers in this program is an adapted version of the Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment (MBSAT) evidence-based program. Elements of the program, that may be disseminated via individual coaching, parent/caregiver coaching, and/or family counseling, include but aren’t limited to:

  • Mindfulness; mindfulness meditation and informal mindfulness strategies
  • Drug education
  • Responding rather than for impulse and self-regulation
  • How to deal with drug cravings and triggers
  • How drug use and related behaviors impact the family system
  • Family trust and communication
  • Peer system influences and how to approach authentic communication
  • How community and environment play a role in habitual behavior
  • Meaning making, life purpose development

Coming Soon: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for SUD Treatment

Soon, Family Spring will be offering a hybrid online/in-person IOP SUD treatment program for adolescents and young adults. This program is designed for teens and young adults who (any or all of the below):

  • Meet criteria for a severe substance use disorder
  • Are struggling with significant mental health issues such as trauma, major depression, severe anxiety, or other symptoms
  • Are on the brink of needing residential treatment or just returning home
  • Are refusing to go to school or exhibiting extreme vocational challenges

An IOP is often the last stop treatment-wise before a teen/young adult needs residential treatment, and in some cases can be used as a step-down for someone returning from residential treatment. Get on our email list below to be the first to know when our IOP program launches!

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